Sanctions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has imposed sanctions on one individual and six entities involved in a sanctions evasion network. This network facilitated Iran's procurement of electronic components for its military programs, including those used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The European Union (EU) imposed a ban on seaborne imports of Russian crude oil in response to the invasion of Ukraine, setting a price cap of USD60 for Russian crude oil. The effectiveness of these sanctions is being undermined by five "laundromat" countries: China, India, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Singapore, according to a recent report by Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Turkey's state-owned Halkbank's claim that it is protected under the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), which limits the jurisdiction of American courts over lawsuits against foreign countries. The court ruled that the FSIA does not provide foreign states and their instrumentalities with immunity from criminal proceedings, according to conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Two Iran-controlled trading firms pleaded guilty to sanctions evasion in support of Iran's ballistic missile program.  Punishment included a small fine and "corporate probation."

In a coordinated action, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated an extensive international money laundering and sanctions evasion network, consisting of 52 individuals and …

A paper issued by CSIS, a Washington think tank, details progress to date of the Putin regime in maintaining advanced technology supply lines in the face of Allied sanctions. The report assesses the impact of Western sanctions and allied export regulations on Russia's defense sector, focusing on the production of core weapons and systems.

Four US citizens and three Russian nationals have been charged with conspiracy to use US citizens as illegal agents of the Russian government, including a conspiracy to recruit US citizens from academic and research institutions to participate in a public diplomacy program.

Orlando-based Metalhouse LLC's President John Can Unsalan, 41, has been indicted and arrested for engaging in a $150 million scheme to violate U.S. sanctions against Russian oligarch Sergey Kurchenko and his two companies. Unsalan allegedly transferred over $150 million to Kurchenko and the associated companies between July 2018 and October 2021, receiving metal products used in steelmaking in return.

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued a warning to shipowners, protection and indemnity clubs, and flagging registries about deceptive practices involving Russian oil exports.

Top Treasury Department officials are embarking on a two-week journey through Central Europe and Central Asia to garner support for measures countering Russia's evasion of sanctions imposed due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

According to a report by the United Nations on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the country's nuclear weapons program has accelerated despite no nuclear tests during the reporting period, and sanctions evasion is rampant. The Report by the Panel of Experts is prepared annually for the Security Council to document compliance with the body's resolutions.

In a move to counter what it sees as a violation of the one-China principle, China has announced sanctions against two American institutions and four individuals involved in hosting Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ing-wen, during her recent visit to the United States. Tsai's visit took place from 29 to 31 March and from 4 to 6 April 2023.

Microsoft has agreed to pay $3.3 million to settle potential civil liability relating to exporting services or software to comprehensively sanctioned jurisdictions and Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) in violation of OFAC's Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Ukraine-/Russia-Related sanctions programs.

The US and Mexico today announced a course of remediation to address repeated denials of rights at a Troy Michigan-based VU Manufacturing’s automotive components facility in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, three miles from the US border.

The Treasury and Federal Reserve have jointly fined Wells Fargo Bank nearly $100 million for failing to prohibit sanctions violations conducted on its trade finance platform Eximbills over a period of seven years.

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a license permitting a sanctioned Paraguayan tobacco company to continue its remittances under the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and UK officials named associates of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the production or export of Captagon, a dangerous amphetamine.

The State Departement designated of the former Director of the Paraguayan Civil Aviation Authority, a current member of the Paraguayan Panel for the Discipline of Judges and Prosecutors  and …

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending and reissuing the Belarus Sanctions Regulations, sanctioned a Burmese aviation fuel broker, and updated the SDN List.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four entities and three individuals in Iran and Turkey for their involvement in the procurement of equipment, including European-origin engines of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in support of Iran’s UAV and weapons programs.

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